For 10 years, I have had the privilege of sitting at the anchor desk at NewsWatch 12. While my anchoring responsibilities have stayed about the same, that’s about the only part of my life I can say that about! I have gotten married, built a house and had two babies. I think of my first days on the desk and realize how much simpler things were. The extent of my worries as a new anchor in Medford was learning to pronounce “Willamette” correctly.
But as my role evolved to include being a mother, wife, and homemaker, those worries grew to include things I never imagined. Is there spit-up on my blazer? In my hair? (and I won’t get into the worries of being a nursing mother who was tethered to the anchor desk in front of a camera for 2+ hours at a time).
My kids are now 6 and 2. Olivia is ending her kindergarten year. Jackson is still a full year away from preschool. And while I learn how to be a better mother (and a better anchor) every day, I feel like I’m finally starting to settle into this dual role.
I know I’m not the only one balancing a full-time job with a lot of responsibilities (journalist) with a full time job with a lot of responsibilities (mom). I am confident in that fact because I lean on a lot of other parents who are doing the exact same thing. I love to learn from others’ ideas and discoveries while sharing my own experiences. It’s cliché to say (but true): It takes a village.
Whether you’re an Anchor Mom or a stay-at-home dad, we all have to balance all the many things we need to accomplish each day. I’m hoping Danielle and I can help in that effort by giving you a place to get news that specifically impacts parents and lets us all share common goals, frustrations and successes.